This month’s episode looks at the European Commission’s busy 2021 work programme, explores the potential of chemical recycling, reveals the UK government’s strategy on reducing emissions from heavy duty vehicles, and much more. Chemical recycling: fixing the plastics problem? When the EU Circular Economy Action Plan was published in Spring 2020, the Commission’s intentions to revolutionise the European waste policy according to the credo of “less waste, more value” alarmed the waste management sector. While the recycling industry strives to improve efficiency and increase recycling rates, a rise in the complexity and contamination of plastics increasingly complicates the […]Read More..
This month’s episode looks at the EU’s new greenhouse gas target and what it implies for businesses, examines Brussels’ ambitions to curb packaging and packaging waste, and reveals what’s behind the Brexit term “level playing field”. State of the European Union: What does Von der Leyen’s new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target mean for Europe’s energy, environment and transport sector? On 16 September, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered the much-anticipated 2020 State of the European Union (SOTEU) address. The presidential speech is one of the main events in Brussels’ calendar, setting out the Commission’s long-term […]Read More..
This month we bring you news on sustainable mobility, the EU’s future (zero) waste policy, Brexit, the re-opening of Brussels and much more… Norway: What can the e-mobility poster child teach the European Commission on sustainable mobility? The new EU Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility, which will be published in December 2020, seeks to streamline clean, connected and smart mobility across the EU. While European roads are still dominated by combustion engines, just outside the EU, Norway sits in the driving seat of the transition to e-mobility. What can Norway teach the Commission on sustainable mobility? […]Read More..
The Chelgate team in Brussels was celebrating last week having won the ‘Best In-House Agency Collaboration’ award at the PRCA’s European Public Affairs Awards 2019. The award was given for our work with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) to establish a new way of working with the European Union. Our aim was simple. Alongside LowCVP, we wished to develop a new working relationship with the EU Commission’s in-house scientific body, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) – a body of increasing importance in the formation of EU policy proposals. This project has been a great success over the past twelve-months […]Read More..
Commissioner-designate hearings A busy October awaits the European Parliament. It’s that time again when the Parliament gets to scrutinise EU Commissioner-designates in what has to be one of the most daunting job application processes in politics. With European Parliament is clearly feeling bold – having seemingly already rejected one commission candidate – this will be an intriguing week in Brussels with fresh-faced MEPs looking to make their mark on social media with pithy questions and brutal retorts. Urban Mobility Review The Commission is undertaking a comprehensive review of its 2013 Urban Mobility Package The Urban Mobility Review consultation […]Read More..
EU Transport Policy, Single Use Plastic Directive and Environment Policy Newsletter European Parliament Kicks off again! The European Parliament Committees were back in action this week to begin their policy work. With the membership and makeup of the committees all decided during the first Strasbourg session, this week gave us our first glimpse of how the new Environment (ENVI) and Transport (TRAN) Committees are likely to operate going forward. Needless to say, neither committee disappointed and we are set for loud, proud, and ambitious ENVI and TRAN committees over the next two years. Expect sweeping changes to EU Commission proposals […]Read More..
Our affiliate company, Chelgate Public Affairs has today published briefing papers on two sectors that are likely to receive significant attention from the European Commission over the next year. These cover the effect of BREXIT on Private Aviation companies and the impact on water companies by the introduction of Water Saving Labelling. Private Aviation Companies – BREXIT Introduction Aviation companies are by their very nature international. Their business models are predicated on crossing borders and they need to be able to do so flexibly and swiftly. These issues are even more acute for private aviation operators, based in the UK, […]Read More..
October Battles Ahead – Bring on the Votes! The European Parliament is now back in full-swing, following the summer recess and we prepare for, what will surely be a tumultuous month ahead for EU Transport Policy within the committee. Importantly, October will see many important votes taking place over a marathon voting session on 9 October which will be require-viewing for anyone monitoring the status of legislative dossiers currently making their way through the committee. Below we look at a few of the battles which lie ahead in October, as well as presenting the other reports which will be debated […]Read More..
Welcome to our new EU Transport Policy Newsletter! September Battles Ahead The European Parliament and European Commission are set to return from Summer Recces with a whole stack of new regulations and directives to agree before the European Commission end their term in October 2019. September is therefore likely to be a hectic month of negotiations within the European Parliament’s transport (TRAN) and environment (ENVI) committees. Below we look at a few of the battles which lie ahead in September, as well as presenting the other reports which will be debated in Committee this month. Battle One: He ain’t […]Read More..
Our ‘man on the ground’ in Brussels, Chris Morris, has had the honour of posting this week’s ‘A Week in Brussels’ report for PubAffairs. You can read his article below or access it via the PubAffairs website here: There is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax, or so the saying goes. Never is this truer than in the European Parliament where there is nothing more permanent than a temporary, or special, tax committee. This week saw our latest installment, which comes in the form of the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAXE3). TAXE3 carries […]Read More..